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Sunday, September 17, 2000

Workers rush to change valve during pipeline shutdown
FAIRBANKS -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. workers hurled themselves into round-the-clock labor in North Pole Saturday as they raced to switch out a damaged valve while the pipeline is shut down for a scheduled 27 hours.

Young blasts Murkowski proposals on cruise ship pollution
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Just a day after Gov. Tony Knowles blasted Sen. Frank Murkowski for weakening the Clean Water Act in a bill on cruise ship pollution, the senator's Republican colleague in the House, Rep. Don Young, launched a torpedo at him for going too far.

Police say jail spat involving administrator not assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police have concluded that an incident at the Sixth Avenue jail between two Department of Corrections employees was not a prosecutable assault.

Chugach forest plan put more emphasis on recreation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Chugach National Forest's 10-year management plan, now out for final review, so far is more oriented toward recreation and habitat than logging and mining.

Wireless Internet gets early test in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's largest city will be one of the first places nationwide to get a new service that bypasses traditional wires, instead beaming phone calls and high-speed Internet directly into homes.

Chugach forest plan put more emphasis on recreation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Chugach National Forest's 10-year management plan, now out for final review, so far is more oriented toward recreation and habitat than logging and mining.

Oil companies say they'll have gas pipeline plan next year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After decades of waiting, the three companies that own 95 percent of Alaska's vast natural gas reserves said at a Senate hearing this week that next year they should pick a project to move that gas to market. If all goes well, the gas could be sold starting in 2007.

Fairbanks man accused in truck theft
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man apparently decided he didn't need to buy a vehicle, just make a copy of the key and drive off the lot with it.

Man convicted of DWI that hurt four wants license back
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man convicted in a 1996 drunken-driving crash that left a mother severely brain-damaged is seeking a limited driver's license so he can return to work as a truck driver.

Around the Peninsula
Hike planned todayReferee seminar on iceAfter-school program offeredRussian leaders to speak at chamberSuccess seminar plannedSports day for girls slatedBlood drive coming

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NOW PLAYING
I went to see Scary Movie a few months ago when it was released the first time. The next day I was talking about it at the of fice and one of my co-workers asked if I liked it. "Yeah, its really funny!" I replied. "Great," she said. "My kids really want to see it." Uh oh, I thought. That about sums it up.

Summer good for Era, TransNorthern
Another high-traffic summer for passenger airlines at Kenai Municipal Airport has kept both players in the local market satisfied despite a substantial hike in fuel prices.

Cooper Landing residents miffed
Most owners of the 60,200 pieces of real property in the Kenai Peninsula Borough don't find taxes appealing. But those who believed their properties were valued unfairly definitely thought them worth appealing.

Photo feature: Evening colors
A rainbow offers a promise of gold in the spruce trees east of Soldotna following a brief shower Friday night.

Emphasis on biology urged
There is a new player in Cook Inlet fishery and subsistence politics.

New support group offers help to murder's 'other' victims
Murder means the tragic end of a life. But those whose lives go on, the friends and families of the dead or even of the perpetrators, are victims, too. They survive, but with a unique burden of grief.

Robert G. Meeks Sr.
Former Soldotna resident Robert G. Meeks Sr. died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, in Orlando, Fla. He was 79.

Tamra Lynn "Tami" Cooper
Former Soldotna resident Tamra Lynn "Tami" Cooper died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, in Arkansas from injuries received in a car accident. She was 37.

Austrailian pride is running wild
Australian pride is running wild as their Olympians are off to a good start. They won some medals the first day and had a strong showing in several sports. But even if their athletes don't win medals, Aussies are proud of hosting the Olympics. They like showing off their country to the world.

Death of IOC head's wife marks end of era
SYDNEY, Australia -- On a day when the U.S. baseball team made its Sydney debut with a victory, the Olympic news was captured in a linescore: No hits, a stirring run, and the end of an era.

Possibilities
Shooting accounted for the first medal of the 27th Olympiad Saturday, American Nancy Johnson marking her way to gold in the 10m air rifle competition. Maybe that was appropriate for the Sydney Games, a fitting first shot to start two weeks that will race like no others Australia has known. And to begin a time when most of that race will be run through a tightly bunched collection of venues that will make Sydney feel as close as it is united at the moment.

US Women's Basketball wins over Korea by a surprisingly narrow margin.
SYDNEY - At the opening ceremony for the 2000 Summer Olympics, the two Koreas marched together and rivaled the United States in the ovation they received. The bigger surprise, though, was in the opening round of the women's basketball tournament, when one Korea alone rivaled the U.S. on the court.

Women's first triathalon ends with an upset
SYDNEY-What's it like to finish fourth in a race that awards only three medals? How does it feel to train for years only to see the glory slip from your grasp by 17 seconds in a two-hour race?

U S rowers off to a rocky start
SYDNEY-Augusta rowers got off to a rocky start in the first day of rowing at the 2000 Olympic Games.

Olympic feelimgs never die for Olympian athletes
This is a column from Dennis Sodomka, with photos of Anne Martin and Jake and Tommy Pescatore. Tommy is the one standing with his mom waving the flag. Both boys are in the other photo.

Mission trip leads to more than expected for Kenai man
The country of Ukraine is half a world away. However, for Jerry and Violetta Strait, it is close in thought.

Panthers club Kings as homecoming party starts early
The Skyview High School football team gave its fans just what they were looking for in a homecoming game a decisive victory, leaving plenty of time for celebration in the stands.

Kenai girls make history
The Kenai Central girls cross country team has turned Liz Burck into a historical fact-finder as well as coach.

One play separates Soldotna from Kenai
Perhaps, when members of the Soldotna High School football team look back on this season, they'll call it "The Run."

Soldotna sweeps Kenai Invitational
After Saturday's victory at the Kenai Invite, Soldotna High School's Swimming and Diving Team is bringing home the Mireille Thomson Memorial Aggregate Trophy again. The team has captured the trophy at nearly every Kenai Invite since Barry and Eleanor Thomson began awarding it in 1991.

Skyview splits with Cordova
The Cordova swim team met the Skyview team at Skyview Friday. The Skyview girls swam strongly, and among them Stephanie Lambe performed especially well. She won the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard butterfly and the100-yard freestyle. Her time

Bulldogs pulverize Service JV
The host Nikiski football team got three rushing touchdowns from Josh Winters Friday night as it squashed Service's junior varsity team 58-0.

Bulldogs sweep Region III/3A play
The host Nikiski volleyball team won Region III/3A matches on Friday and Saturday to improve its region record to 4-0 and its overall record to 5-2.

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